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U.S. immigration and economic growth: putting policy on hold


  • Pia M. Orrenius


This article discusses immigrants’ economic contributions and how these recent changes impact both the foreign-born population already living here and those trying to enter the United States. Despite the common perception that 9/11 triggered a crackdown on immigration (the enactment of the USA Patriot Act, the reorganization of the Immigration and Naturalization Service into Homeland Security, and other changes), pre-9/11 policies actually constituted a much more substantive effort in this direction. The post-9/11 period is most striking for the lack of change. Significant immigration reform pending before the terrorist attacks was taken off the table and remains on indefinite hold.

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  • Pia M. Orrenius, 2003. "U.S. immigration and economic growth: putting policy on hold," Southwest Economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Nov, pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddse:y:2003:i:nov:p:1-7:n:6

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    1. Neiman, Brent & Swagel, Phillip, 2009. "The impact of post-9/11 visa policies on travel to the United States," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(1), pages 86-99, June.

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